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20121015

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr.

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentrating on their literary life story.

2012102920121030 (WS)

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new...

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new book Winter Journal.

Caryl Phillips20111107

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

This week on Talking Books Razia Iqbal's guest is the playwright, essayist and novelist Caryl Phillips.

Born in the Caribbean, he grew up as an immigrant in the UK.

After university he left the UK and has spent many years in the United States.

Distance and isolation form the themes of many of his non-fiction and novels, which often feature outsiders.

Caryl Phillips20111108

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

Jeffrey Eugenides20111114

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

is best known for his ethereal first novel, the cult bestseller, Virgin Suicides, which was made into a film by Sophia Coppola.

In 2007 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his second novel, Middlesex.

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States, the decline and fall of his hometown of Detroit, Michigan and whether creative writing can be taught.

Jeffrey Eugenides20111115

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

Joyce Carol Oates20121022

The prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates on how she finds work rewarding

In New York, Razia Iqbal talks to the prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates, about how she finds so much work rewarding.

Oates attributes her enormous output to a love of writing and a Protestant work ethic. She has turned her pen to numerous subjects including professional boxing, Marilyn Monroe, Detroit and a memoir of life after the death of her first husband. All while still working as a full time academic.

Razia Iqbal asks after so much work is it still as rewarding as it has always been?

(Image: Joyce Carol Oates, Credit: Getty Images)

Justin Cartwright2011120520111206

Razia Iqbal talks to author Justin Cartwright.

Susan Hill20111031

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

had her first novel published in the UK at the age of 18.

Since then her short stories and novels have won numerous awards, and her ghost story, The Woman in Black is about to be released as a film.

Razia Iqbal talks to her about her writing life and how ghost stories still thrill her readers in the modern age.

Susan Hill20111101

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

Talking Books: Alaa Al Aswany20111121

Razia Iqbal talks to author Alaa Al Aswany.

Talking Books: Alaa Al Aswany20111122
Talking Books: Nawal Al Saadawi20111128

Razia Iqbal talks to author Nawal Al Saadawi.

Talking Books: Nawal Al Saadawi20111129
Toni Morrison2012100820121009 (WS)

How much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

In a new series of Talking Books, Razia Iqbal talks to four authors from the United States.

In the first programme she is in Rome, at the American Academy, to meet one of America's most-celebrated authors.

Toni Morrison is the only black woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and her books have been described as amongst the most-important in modern America.

Her novels explore the pain and shame of racism in a unique style that mixes speech, magic and poetry, often to tell brutal stories.

For Morrison 'all good art is political.

She backed Obama in the 2008 election and has spoken out against racism and censorship.

Razia Iqbal asks her how much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

(Image: President Barack Obama prsenting the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor to author Toni Morrison. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)